How High Can You Count?

Lincoln: Wanna know how high I can count?

Me: Yep.

Lincoln: Okay, I will show you. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5…..

(a few minutes later)

…299. 300. 301. 302. 303. 304. Mom…Do you want to know how much I can really count to? Okay. A thousand. No! A million! It just takes too long so can I just tell you that I can count to a million instead?

(later that night)

Me: Lincoln, how high did you say you can count.

Lincoln: A thousand. I mean a million!

Me: What comes after a million?

Lincoln: A million and one.

Me: Ah ha! So you can count higher than a million!

(look of amazement on his face)

Lincoln: Whoa. Cool!

Making Valentines

I love Valentine’s Day. I love pink and red and hearts and candy. I love flowers and butterflies and chocolate and the words “I love you”.

One of my favorites things to do each year is to make Valentines with my kids to give out to their classmates and friends. This year Luca wanted to make something with the hot glue gun and felt. I like simple. This is what we came up with.

Lu's Valentines

Luca and I cut out many many different sized felt hearts and then Luca had fun matching colors up and hot gluing them together. I sewed little safety pins to about ten hearts before I smartened up and used hot glue to attach the rest. We punched two holes in a strip of pink paper for her to sign and pinned the hearts on. Luca wore a pin she made to school so her classmates would know to take the pin off and pin it to their shirts. It was a lot of fun and Luca was very proud of herself! She had so much fun she made them for several other teachers at her school, her bus driver, the librarian….

Lincoln’s Valentines were born out of convenience and ended up being very darling and he had a lot of fun making them. We were sitting at a booth for the preschool I teach at and had many left over craft supplies so he killed his time by coloring puppy puppets. After he finished his fifth one my friend said, “you should use those for his Valentines for his class.” I was glad she thought of it because we were able to help him color a few and finish most of them that night. When I got home I printed out some bones for him to sign and glue in the dogs mouth. It was easy to find a printable template, through Google, to make his cute dog Valentine box.

Lincs Valentines

I didn’t get any pictures of the cute Valentines I made with Anna for her preschool class. I found this cute template on Skip to My Lou. We printed the butterflies to cardstock, glued contrasting colored butterfly cut outs to the wings, and used Dum Dums suckers instead of Tootsie Pops. They were darling!

I had a friend ask me why I would take so much time to make Valentines when there are so many cute ones you can buy at the store. Honestly, if my kids didn’t ask me what we were making each year I probably would just pick some up at the store, but once we get working on them I begin to enjoy the process just as much as they do. It is a fun activity for us to plan and work on together and I am already looking forward to next year!

Cute and Easy Valentine’s Day Crochet Project

I made this crocheted heart garland that I found on one of my favorite websites Skip To My Lou and I was so pleased with how it turned out. It took a bit to get the tension right on the first heart and I had to restart a couple of times, but once I figured it out the rest went very quickly.

heart garland2

heart garland

It is a great simple project that can be finished in about an hour. I plan on making one with multi-colored pastel hearts for spring.